Thursday, October 02, 2014

TBT - The Fox Says...

Time for another TBT, what do you say? ;)

If you are wondering what is with all the foxes, it's a play on the Ylvis song The Fox. There's little retired product on the second card, which was kind of the main idea behind TBT, but it was made quite a few months ago so falls into the theme that way. Like a lot of people I was sad the Ornament punch, as used for the foxes head on the first card, was retired. Aside from being a great shape for Christmas ornaments, it is great for punch art. Pretty sure it's one item I will never part with even if it is no longer current!

Fox punch art card
All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Crisp Canteloup, Concord Crush, Calypso Coral, textured Wisteria Wonder, Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Basic Black
Stamp set: ABC-123 Outline Alphabet & Numbers
Ink: Cajun Craze
Accessories: Ornament punch, Extra-Large Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Scallop Oval punch, Owl Builder punch, Cupcake Builder punch, 5-Petal Flower punch, dimensionals, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Window Frames Collection dies

Forest scene card
All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Gumball Green, Whisper White, watercolour paper
Stamp set: Life In The Forest, Just Sayin'
Ink: StazOn black, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Blushing Bride, Pumpkin Pie (I think!), Soft Sky
Accessories: aquapainter, white gel pen, Tempting Turquoise marker, dimensionals, Word Bubbles dies

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Wildflower Resistance

When the Wildflower Meadow background stamp came out last year I remember the combination of a nature scene and polka dots really appealed to me. And yet, I hadn't used the stamp until this week! I had a few ideas of what I wanted to do with it, but decided to use the coordinating embossing folder since it too hadn't been used. I think it's also been a while since I have used the emboss resist technique, so it was time to pull that out too.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock:i Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Stamp set: Wildflower Meadow
Ink: Rose Red, Calypso Coral, Hello Honey, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Pear Pizzazz seam binding ribbon, clear embossing powder, dimensionals, sponges, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Wildflower Meadow embossing folder, Labels Collection die

Thursday, September 25, 2014

TBT - Doctor Who cards

For my third Throw-Back Thursday post I thought I would share a couple of Doctor Who cards I made last year.

I know a lot of fellow crafting Whovians were ecstatic about last years Sale-a-bration set "Feeling Sentimental" with it's old-style phone booth stamp... I think I only saw one card made with it where it was a proper phone box and not a TARDIS/Police Call box!

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, watercolour paper
Stamp set: Feeling Sentimental, Curly Cute
Ink: StazOn black, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: aquapainter, white gel pen, Pacific Point marker, dimensionals, Chocolate Chip satin ribbon, Simply Scored tool, 1/8" mini brads, Labels Collection dies, Window Frames Collection dies

Dalek card
All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Basic Black, Real Red, brushed silver, Whisper White
Stamp set: Perfectly Penned
Ink: StazOn black
Accessories: Decorative Label punch, Modern Label punch, dimensionals, Neutrals brads, Circle Fire Rhinestone brads, Brights Patterns DSP stack

Thursday, September 18, 2014

TBT - Mother's Day Card-In-A-Box

For my second Throw-Back Thursday I thought I would share this card-in-a-box. I followed the instructions of Tanya Bell for a card that would fit into a standard Australian envelope. If you haven't tried your hand at a card-in-a-box, they are quite simple once you get your head around them, and have a great wow factor. The retired items used here are the patterned papers, from the Floral District and Sycamore Street packs. I have a bad habit of buying pretty papers and then being precious about using them... but they always look better when on display as part of a creation!

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Stamp sets: Mixed Bunch, Papillon Potpourri
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Calypso Coral, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: sponge dauber, Blossom punch, Elegant Butterfly punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, 3/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, Bird Builder punch

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Homestuck Squares

If you are not familiar with Homestuck this card will probably mean little to you. Even so, hopefully there's something you can get out of it! The card is inspired by 12 of the characters who are all grey-skinned trolls who tend to wear black shirts with coloured symbols on them. You may recognise the symbols as those of the zodiac signs. To get the symbols on the squares I tried a few techniques, but settled on using squares in the colour I needed for the symbol, and colouring in the negative space with a black marker. To make this easier I first drew the symbol on with the matching marker (or VersaMarker in the case of Elegant Eggplant since the marker came out so dark it was hard to tell the difference between the Eggplant and black). I then cut all the horns from Daffodil Delight cardstock (in some cases, with the assistance of punches) then added bands of Pumpkin Pie and Tangelo Twist marker.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Hello Honey, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight
Stamp set: none
Ink: none
Accessories: Smoky Slate marker, Real Red marker, Pumpkin Pie marker, Hello Honey marker, Old Olive marker, Bermuda Bay marker, Tempting Turquoise marker, Marina Mist marker, Pacific Point Marker, Rich Razzleberry marker, Rose Red marker, Tangelo Twist marker, Basic Black marker, VersaMarker, Elegant Butterfly punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Petite Petals punch, Petite Pennants Builder punch, 1/8" circle punch

Thursday, September 11, 2014

TBT - Paisley Father's Day

I thought I would incorporate TBT - Throw-Back Thursday - in my blog as a way of sharing things using retired products. Hopefully you might get some ideas for long-lost items tucked away in your stash, pull them out and make use of them! Quite a few of my TBT posts over the next few weeks will be things I made during my blogging absence, but to kick it off I am sharing a card from Father's Day just past. The retired product here is the Spiced Paisley set. I'm a bit of a fan of paisley, but I just didn't use it much while it was available, so I am making up for lost time now. The stamps were inked with markers, one of my favourite techniques. Some images are quite detailed and it can be tricky to avoid getting the colours in the wrong spot, something I wasn't compeltely successful with here but I knew I could stamp this background ten times and still not get it perfect, so I decided there was no point sweating it - it was still well received!

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Stamp set: Spiced Paisley, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Pear Pizzazz marker, Wild Wasabi marker, Soft Sky marker, Island Indigo marker, Soft Suede marker, Moderm Label punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch

Monday, September 08, 2014


Once again it's been a very long time! I haven't stamped a lot since my last post here, and what I did stamp I didn't blog because I had just completely got out of the habbit! But it's time to share again as I have been getting back into creating.

This is a card I made for Father's Day. Fans of Game Of Thrones may recognise the main image and saying, but before you get too excited, unfortunately Stampin' Up! don't have Game of Thrones stamps. What they do have is the Undefined kit, enabling you to carve your own stamp designs.

On the right is the rubber I carved, and on the left is the first stamping of the rubber. While I had done a pretty good job of tidying the carving, by stamping it out it made it easier to see the little bits that still needed cleaning up. I had started off with an image I printed out, that I then went over with pencil which I then put face-down onto the rubber and went over the back to transfer the pencil to the rubber. I also altered the design a little so it was a bit different, although I should have penciled my planned changes in completly so I would forget what I was doing and cut out a bit I actually wanted to keep... At any rate, I was extremely pleased with how my stamp came out, and found it pretty easy to carve my design. My mind is now racing with ideas for other stamps I can carve!

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Basic Grey, textured Whisper White, textured Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Stamp set: Alphabet rotary stamp, Undefined Stamp carving kit
Ink: Basic Grey
Accessories: white chalk marker
Show watched while creating: Homeland (I know... it should have been GOT!)